This isn’t an exotic, once-in-a-lifetime trip for senior guard Angel Rodriguez.
Instead, the Puerto Rico-native is going home.
“His mom is still there, and his brothers are there,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “He has a large family. I expect he will have a huge fan club at all of the games. He is a great kid, a great floor general. He has had a great career so far. And we expect, this is his senior year, to be his best year ever.”
Rodriguez is averaging 11.5 points per game to go alongside 11 total assists to only two turnovers.
Texas Tech started off its season with a 77-73 win over High Point.
The Red Raiders’ performance in the second half especially showed Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith what they’re capable of.
In multiple preseason rankings of every team in the country, High Point was higher than Texas Tech.
“They were projected to win,” sophomore guard Keenan Evans said. “It’s exciting to see that how poor we did we were still able to win the game. If we were on and making shots and would have jumped on them early, (think about) how much better we would have done.”
Temple is coming off a 91-67 loss to No. 1 North Carolina.
Senior Devin Coleman, in his first career start, led the way for the Owls with 19 points.
Temple is coached by the reigning American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year Fran Dunphy after he led the Owls to 17 more wins than the year prior.
Overall, three starters return from last season’s squad, led by senior Jaylen Bond.
Bond is Temple’s returning leading rebounder and is averaging eight boards per contest.
Today at 4:30 p.m. starts the greatest 24-plus hours in sports.
It’s one of my favorite times of the year - the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.
It’s over a day’s worth of basketball back-to-back-to-back, and it’s fantastic.
It starts with the UConn women and ends with the Champions Classic.
Three huge match-ups take place tonight before midnight strikes.
Senior Devaugntah Williams stepped up when Texas Tech needed him to the most.
Midway through the second half, the Red Raiders led by four before Williams drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give Texas Tech some cushion.
However, High Point fought back to take a 3-point lead with less than three minutes left to play before Williams answered with a trey of his own to tie things up again.
Dr. James Naismith first nailed peach baskets to the balconies at each end of the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (now Springfield College in Massachusetts) in December 1891.
The first game was played with a soccer ball, nine player teams and called by a set of 13 rules.
Those original rules were first published a month after the first game was played in the school’s newspaper, The Triangle.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
TEXAS TECH VS. HIGH POINT
8 P.M. FRIDAY, UNITED SUPERMAKETS ARENA
Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith tells his players stories from his days playing basketball at High Point.
They’ve also seen pictures of their coach in his High Point uniform paired with his knee-high striped socks.
While the Red Raiders stretch before practices, Smith usually shoots around while he tells his stories.
“We can see what type of player he was,” sophomore Norense Odiase said smiling. “He doesn’t make a lot of shots.”